The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (25th June) published the most recent broadcasting complaints decisions.
At a meeting held in April, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered and rejected 12 complaints. In addition, eight complaints were rejected by the Executive Complaints Forum at meetings held in March. The complaints related to the following broadcasts:
Rejected by the BAI Compliance Committee
116/14 – 119/14 – Newstalk: The Pat Kenny Show, Lunchtime, The Right Hook and Moncrieff: 19th August 2014
133/14 – RTÉ One Television: Prime Time: 9th October 2014
136/14 – 138/14: Newstalk: Lunchtime: 29th & 30th September and 1st October 2014
139/14 –RTÉ One Television: Prime Time: 23rd October 2014
147/14 –Classic Hits 4FM: Niall Boylan at Night: 1st December 2014
151/14 – Newstalk: World in Motion: 30th November 2014
5/15 – RTÉ One Television: Six One News: 28th October 2014
Rejected by the BAI Executive Complaints Forum
148/14 – RTÉ Radio One: Saturday with Brian Dowling: 1st November 2014.
1/15 & 2/15 – RTÉ Radio One: News Bulletin & Morning Ireland: 5th November 2014
3/15 – TV3: Tommy Tiernan – Crooked Man: 16th December 2014
4/15 – RTÉ Radio One: The Marian Finucane Show: 2nd November 2014
8/15 & 9/15 – RTÉ Radio One: Morning Ireland: 18th & 19th November 2014
11/15 – Ocean FM: North West Today with Niall Delaney: 26th January 2015
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Note to Editors
Under the Broadcasting Act 2009, viewers and listeners can complain about broadcasting content, which they believe is not in keeping with the BAI’s broadcasting codes and rules. In line with the BAI’s complaints handling process, the viewer or listener should direct their complaint to the broadcaster in the first instance. This must be done within 30 days of the date of the broadcast.
If a viewer or listener is not satisfied with the response from the broadcaster, or if the broadcaster does not respond within the timeframe specified in their Code of Practice for Complaints Handling (usually 21 days after receipt of complaint), the viewer or listener can refer the complaint to the BAI for consideration.
In assessing complaints, and having regard to its codes and rules, the BAI considers the material submitted by the relevant parties together with the broadcast material. Complaints are assessed at Executive level and/or by the Compliance Committee of the Authority.
When a complaint has been adjudicated upon:
• A copy of the decision is sent to the complainant and the broadcaster before its publication.
• Where a programming complaint is upheld in whole or in part, the broadcaster concerned will broadcast the Compliance Committee’s decision, if the Compliance Committee believes it appropriate to do so. This could include the name of the person who made the complaint. This will be done at a time and manner suitably similar or close to the timing of the original broadcast which prompted the complaint. The only exception to this will be a situation where the Compliance Committee considers it inappropriate to broadcast the decision.
• The decisions of the BAI are distributed to the media and posted to the BAI’s website, unless it considers it inappropriate to do so.
• When the BAI has considered the matter and issued its determination, that is the end of the process.